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Transferring and flashing the Image

It's now time to transfer the image to the Gumstix RAM and then copy the image to its flash memory. This two step process is much safer than directly transferring into flash. Do the following:

1) Start Kermit by typing kermit at the command prompt on your Linux machine

2) In the Kermit command-line configure the serial port by entering each of the following commands at the command prompt. Enter the commands exactly as shown and press the "enter" key after each line:
 set prefixing all
 set file type binary
 set parity none
 set carrier-watch off
 set speed 115200
 set line /dev/ttyS0
3) Go back to the Kermit command line via ctrl+C

4) Enter
send root_fs_arm

Kermit will start transfering one packet at a time (Figure 8).

Transferring the image
Figure 8: Transferring the image

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Since the transfer is running only at 115200 kilobits per second, it can take several minutes to complete. When the transfer is done, you can exit kermit. The kernel image is now sitting in the Gumstix' RAM.

Since the Gumstix ships with a preloaded flash, you will have to erase it. Start minicom again and at the GUM> prompt enter (Figure 9)

era 1:2-31

Erase the flash
Figure 9:
Erase the flash

After the flash is erased, flash the new kernel via the following commands:

cp.b a2000000 40000 ${filesize}
fsload a2000000 boot/uImage

Make sure you enter the correct number of zeros!

After the kernel is loaded, type


to reboot the Gumstix.

With the serial cable still connected and minicom running, you will see the bootup screen after restarting the Gumstix. The login is root and the password is gumstix. At the prompt, you will be able to do most everything that you can do in Linux, such as entering an ls to view a directory.

Logging in for the first time

Figure 10: Logging in for the first time
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